We are different.
That seems obvious enough, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded every once in awhile – especially when you don’t understand why in the world someone would choose a certain hobby, eat an unusual food, or cheer for a particular team or sport.
It hit me today when I was listening to Walter Jones at his retirement press conference. I was choking back tears at one point as the most dominate left tackle in football said goodbye to the NFL. At first I felt silly, then I realized that I’ve spent years developing relationships with a lot of athletes, including Walter, why wouldn’t I be a little emotional? That’s what I love about sports. The relationships that develop over time, getting to know athletes away from their sport and learning that everyone has a story. You will have a different take, something else that draws you to a sport or a particular athlete. Let me tell you a little secret, it’s more like an admission. My love of Houston Astros baseball started in 1989 thanks to a young third baseman by the name of Ken Caminiti. He was cute, make that hot and as a preteen and young team, that was enough to get me watching every Astros game I could. You might know the feeling, or maybe you have a different passion. Whatever it is, follow it and enjoy – remember we’re all different.
Looking for an interesting point to open the door for a great conversation when you talk about Walter Jones? Try this – Walter made 180 starts during his NFL career and was penalized 9 times for holding. Wow! That’s a conversation starter for sure.